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Public Information Statement
National Weather Service Hastings NE
1040 AM CST Wed Dec 28 2016


At least two (2) tornadoes were confirmed to have occurred in south
central Nebraska and north central Kansas on Christmas Day.

Both occurred at about the same time, but the first was northwest of
Alton Kansas. This EF-0 rated tornado did minor damage on its nearly
2 mile path through rural northwest Osborne County. Peak winds were
estimated at 85 mph.

The last December tornado in Kansas was December 14, 2014 in Harper
County. Prior to that, two tornadoes occurred in Cherokee County on
December 18, 2002.

A second tornado occurred near Funk Nebraska. This EF-1 rated tornado
broke power poles and overturned center pivots on its 2.8 mile path.
Estimated wind speeds were 100 mph.

The last December tornadoes in Nebraska were on December 13, 1975 in
Thayer and Pawnee counties.

A statistical summary follows. More information is also available on
the National Weather Service Hastings website.

.TORNADO #1 - Northwest of Alton, Kansas...

Rating:                 EF-0
Estimated peak wind:    85 mph
Path length /Statute/:  1.9 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   50 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             12/25/16
Start time:             11:45 AM CST
Start location:         4.4 miles northwest of Alton Kansas
                        Osborne County
Start Lat/Lon:          39.5274N / -99.003W

End date:               12/25/16
End time:               11:48 CST
End location:           5.0 miles northwest of Alton Kansas
                        Osborne County
End_lat/lon:            39.503N / -99.0182W

.TORNADO #2 - Southeast of Funk, Nebraska...

Rating:                 EF-1
Estimated peak wind:    100 mph
Path length /Statute/:  2.8 miles
Path width /Maximum/:   200 yards
Fatalities:             0
Injuries:               0

Start date:             12/25/2016
Start time:             11:50 AM
Start location:         2.8 miles south of Funk Nebraska
                        Phelps County
Start Lat/Lon:          40.4216N / -99.2467W

End date:               12/25/2016
End time:               11:53 AM
End location:           0.6 miles east southeast of Funk Nebraska
                        Phelps County
End_lat/lon:            40.4609N / -99.239W

EF Scale: The Enhanced Fujita Scale Classifies
Tornadoes into the following categories.

EF0...Weak......65 to 85 mph
EF1...Weak......86 to 110 mph
EF2...Strong....111 to 135 mph
EF3...Strong....136 to 165 mph
EF4...Violent...166 To 200 mph
EF5...Violent...>200 mph

The information in this statement is PRELIMINARY and subject to
change pending final review of the events and publication in
NWS Storm Data.

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